If you do more than a casual bit of mountain bike riding you’ll know that it’s one hobby that can get pretty expensive, pretty quickly. The right footwear, pedals, and, of course, the right bike, can all cost more than you’d think.
For the most part, it’s not like you can just throw on any pair of shoes for mountain biking. You’ll want to invest in at least one or maybe two pairs of mountain bike shoes, depending on where you plan to ride.
There are a couple different types. Here’s a super quick primer.
Luckily, there are some great retailers who won’t charge you an arm and a leg for great cycling shoes. Here are five stores that offer some of the deepest discounts.
This is one of the best-known stores for outdoor activities and, while it isn’t just a cycling store, it does have a lot to offer MTB enthusiasts.
Want to maximize your savings at this big box outdoor equipment store? Shop online. They regularly offer excellent sales on their website, especially here in their outlet store.
REI has a limited selection of brands like Shimano, Pearl Izumi, and Merrell cycling shoes, but their sale and clearance prices reflect a discount of up to 77% off the recommended retail price for these name-brands. You can also pick up some gear for your bike at the same time and have it delivered to your home or arrange to pick it up at your local REI store.
Delivery to your local store is free and there’s always a good chance that the store employees will actually know something about mountain biking, which is always a good thing.
Sierra Trading Post is another retailer that offers deep online discounts. They offer closeouts, overstocks, and deeply discounted merchandise from big name brands that they’ve partnered with for several years.
At the time of this writing, brands like Pearl Izumi and Giro are available on the company’s website for as much as 80% less than the recommended retail price. They sell men’s, women’s, and children’s outdoor items and recently extended their offerings to include pet products, though there don’t seem to be any MTB shoes for dogs.
You’ll have to sort through the cycling shoes to find the ones specifically for MTB riding, but with their beefy discounts and a pretty straightforward returns policy, you don’t have to worry too much about being stuck with a pair that isn’t right for you. You can also pick up your cycling accessories here, but they have almost nothing in the way of bike components.
If brand new MTB shoes are not in your budget, how about ‘new to you’ shoes?
GearTrade is an online store where you can buy (and sell) used outdoor equipment. The gear is rated from ‘good’ to ‘excellent,’ and there are some brand new shoes sold on the site, too. You’ll find all the well-known brands on here, from Shimano to Five Ten and Pearl Izumi, but they also have Sidic, Louis Garneau, and Fizik.
Because of the nature of the site, it can be difficult to find specific styles here. However, because new items are being added daily, you can get lucky and find great deals on expensive brands. Owned by the same people who own Backcountry.com, the site also has pretty much everything you could want when it comes to outdoor activities, making it a handy place to shop for your hobbies.
You can also sell your old stuff on the site and earn money to buy new mountain bike gear. They don’t have listing fees, but they do charge a flat rate if your stuff sells, and they send you a check once the deal is done.
This is another site owned by Backcountry.com. It has a pretty good selection for both men and women and it’s prices are already competitive, but it also offers a price match guarantee, so you really can’t go wrong. If you’re looking to save money on brands like Diadora, Sidi, Fizik, Northwave, or Pearl Izumi, take a look at this store.
Steep&Cheap also has a limited selection of bike parts including frames and complete mountain bikes. Because of the price match they offer, this might be a great place to pick up a second (or first) bike for the best deal possible.
For deep discounts, it’s pretty hard to beat the ‘Zon, especially when you figure in the cost of shipping from other places. And Amazon’s speedy delivery options mean there’s no waiting around for days just to get your new MTB shoes. Many brands have their own Amazon shops, so you can usually be sure you’re getting the real deal straight from the brands you trust.
Amazon even has a category that includes their ‘top brands,’ which are typically the most popular ones, like Giro, Five Ten, Shimano, etc. Possibly the best thing about shopping for MTB shoes on Amazon (besides the quick delivery and competitive pricing) is the consumer reviews. Good, bad, or just plain ugly, most people who buy stuff from Amazon are not too shy to tell you exactly how good or bad the product is. If nothing else, it’s a great place to gather information before you commit to buying them.
If you’re shopping in an actual store, take ten seconds and compare the price of the shoes you’re looking at with the free Amazon shopping app. You’ll be surprised how many items they have at lower prices than most retail stores.
Take the time to compare prices before you buy new mountain bike shoes and you’ll find that you can get great brands without spending an absolute fortune.